Alumni Awards

Alumni of the Year

Alumni of the Year- Rick ’76 & Kathy Murphey Farney ’71 Farneys-Portrait cropped

Rick had only been a Christian for 3 weeks when he stepped onto Bryan’s Campus. He said, “The next years here were a growing experience I will never forget and I have treasured them to this day.” Rick & Kathy met at Bryan and were married in 1975. They are parents to Chris (Belmont) and Ryan ’08. Rick & Kathy have lived in Dayton for the past 34 years where they are both Teachers for 30+ years and both will be retiring at the end of this school year. Rick has also been the Worship Pastor at Grace Bible Church for 15 years. “We live in Dayton and there is not one day that goes by we are not influenced by Bryan in some way. We teach with other Bryan graduates, We have students attend our church and minister with us, pass them in the local stores (etc.). Bryan’s influence is a very positive one and it makes me happy to see that what Bryan did in my life it is still doing in lives today.”


Honorary Alumni of the Year- Bernie & Donna Belisle Bernie and Donna

Bernie just completed his 23rd year of teaching at Bryan as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. If you have ever attended Any of Bryan’s Hilltop Player plays or musicals you cannot mistake how Gifted Bernie is at bringing out the best in his students. Donna has been the Admissions Office Manager for many years and has been an anchor in our Admissions Department. Both are a treasured and valued part of our Bryan College family. Bernie and Donna are parents to Emilie ’13, Taylor ’15 & Mattie ’16. One of their greatest joys atBryan is, “seeing how the students embrace the shows they are performing and having a good time glorifying God through their talents and skills He has endowed them with.”

Young Alumnus of the Year

Young Alumni of the Year- Zac ’01 & Toks Olowola Brown ’04

zac abd toksZac & Toks met at Bryan College and married in 2004. Zac is the Exectutive Principal of Howard High School in inner city Chattanooga. He is due to complete his doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2017. He has a heart and passion for children who lack a family support system- even as a student at Bryan he took time to tutor at-risk children at the Dayton Housing Authority. Toks came to BC as a young girl when her father Dr. Cornelius Olowola, served as a visiting professor in Bible and Missions. According to Toks, she knew even then that she wanted to attend Bryan College! Toks has earned her MBA and has been a Supplemental Security Income Specialist for several years at the Social Security Administration. Her greatest joy came last year when she gave birth to twin daughters Izzy & Jules who arrived 8 weeks early and spent 6 weeks in NICU in Chattanooga. They are faithful and courageous alums.

Athletics Hall of Fame

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Bass2The Bass Twins- Sarah Bass Henke ’05 & Liz Bass Edwards ’05, Basketball

“Sarah and Liz were exactly what you hope for in a Christian Athlete, they embodied that as well as any two players I have ever coached at any level. They put the team first everyday in what they said and in how they carried themselves, they competed hard with a high level of intensity just at Jesus would have played the game. I have coached All Americans and WNBA players in my 18 years of college basketball but there are not two players ever that I have enjoyed coaching more or respect more for who they are and how they honored Christ on and off the court. They put Bryan College Women’s basketball on the national scene for the 3 years they played for me!”

Coach Matt Bollant

CampbellDanny Campbell ‘89, Soccer

“Let me begin by stating that Danny was one of the core players of our 1986-1989 soccer teams and he led in both word and action. Danny’s first and foremost goal was to live and play for the Lord Jesus Christ and he did with equal intensity. Danny demonstrated a work ethic and a passion that were unmatched and relentless. Yet with that intensity he always played with a smile, something that was noticed by both teammates and opponents and something that was refreshing and memorable. As a college athlete, as a man, as a student, and as a Christian this is an earned and deserved honor for Danny and a privilege and a blessing for all of us to share. Danny epitomizes what a Bryan College student athlete should represent. Congratulations Danny!”

Coach Ray Kordus ‘83